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Darwin's Autobiography written ostensibly for his children describes his early schooling and interest in collecting things even as a child, and his years studying at Edinburgh and later at Cambridge (years he considered not very usefully spent, except for his continuing collections). He describes how he signed on to work as an unpaid naturalist on the voyage of the Beagle. He talks about the influence of his father on his life as well as his earlier naturalist ancestor, Erasmus Darwin. At the end he talks about some of his writings.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   scientist/inventor Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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